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WHO: Weekly COVID cases dip in Europe after weeks of gains

Dec. 08, 2021 07:45 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s European region has recorded a slight drop in both COVID-19 cases and deaths last week after facing a string of weekly increases. The U.N. health agency also noted European Center for Disease Prevention and Control figures showing...

UN: Fighting around key Yemeni port displaces over 25,000

Dec. 08, 2021 05:37 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Fighting between troops loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels displaced over 25,000 people around a key port city last month, the United Nations said late Tuesday. The fighting in Hodeida flared up when rebels rushed in...

UN refugee chief warns of world's inability to restore peace

Dec. 07, 2021 20:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The growing inability of the international community to restore peace in countries like Yemen, Libya and Ethiopia is forcing humanitarian and refugee organizations to work increasingly during conflicts which they can’t solve despite the expectations of many people caught...

UN court orders Azerbaijan, Armenia not to aggravate dispute

Dec. 07, 2021 20:32 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the United Nations’ top court imposed orders on Azerbaijan and Armenia on Tuesday to prevent discrimination against one another's citizens in the aftermath of their war last year over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The orders came...

WHO advises against use of survivors' plasma to treat COVID

Dec. 07, 2021 08:24 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Experts at the World Health Organization recommended Tuesday against using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for patients with the illness, saying evidence has not shown the costly, time-consuming transfusions to be effective in preventing...

WHO Europe: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates

Dec. 07, 2021 07:56 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's office for Europe said Tuesday that children in the 5 to 14 age group now account for the highest rates of reported COVID-19 infection in the region. WHO Europe regional director Dr. Hans Kluge also argued that vaccine mandates should...

Looted Gilgamesh tablet returns to Iraq in formal ceremony

Dec. 07, 2021 07:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago and recently recovered from the United States formally returned to Iraq on Tuesday. The $1.7 million cuneiform tablet, known...

'Cheugy,' 'omicron' among 2021's most mispronounced words

Dec. 07, 2021 01:25 AM EST

“Cheugy” is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common — broadcasters butcher their names. And virtually everyone is having trouble with “omicron.” All...

UN chief names American Stephanie Williams as Libya adviser

Dec. 06, 2021 20:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment Monday of American diplomat Stephanie Williams, who led talks that resulted in the October 2020 cease-fire deal in Libya, to support the holding of presidential elections in the oil-rich north African country...

UN delays action on Myanmar and Afghanistan's bid for seats

Dec. 06, 2021 13:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday delaying action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations, a decision that leaves the ambassadors from the ousted governments in...